Botched executions, secret drugs: 60 Minutes takes a look at lethal injection.

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“The Death penalty is barbaric…If we’re not willing to face up to the cruelty, we ought not to be doing it.” 60 Minutes takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the problematic practice of lethal injection and the 2 hour long botched execution of Joseph Wood.    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/execution-of-joseph-wood-60-minutes/

BREAKING NEWS: Reggie Clemons conviction and death sentence vacated in Missouri.

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BREAKING NEWS Reggie Clemons has always maintained his innocence.The Missouri Supreme Court announced Tuesday its decision to toss out a pair of first-degree murder convictions for death row inmate Reginald Clemons in connection to a 1991 double-homicide. Clemons, who had been on death row for nearly 20 years, was one of four people convicted of raping and killing sisters Julie and […]

POLL: Majority of Oklahomans Favor Replacing Death Penalty With Life Without Parole Plus Restitution

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A majority of Oklahoma voters favor abolition of the death penalty if it is replaced with a sentence of life without parole plus restitution, according to a new poll commissioned by News 9/News on 6. The survey by the non-partisan SoonerPoll.com found that 52.4% of Oklahomans would support abolition of the death penalty if the […]

Protect the Victims of Crime Act!

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Family members of murder victims have been critical partners in our work to end the death penalty. These family members remind us how important it is to support access to quality victims services that help rebuild people’s lives after such an unthinkable tragedy. Funding for those services is under threat.  Every year, Congress sets a […]

Billings Gazette Guest opinion: Montana should abolish capital punishment

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By Rep. Dave Hagstrom As a conservative in the Montana Legislature, I have spoken in favor of ending the death penalty. My position is not based on feelings of sympathy for those who commit grave crimes. Far from it. My heart does break for those people who have lost a loved one to a murder’s […]

STUDIES: FBI Crime Report Shows Murder Rates Remain Higher in Death Penalty States

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The U.S. Department of Justice released its annual FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2014, reporting no change in the national murder rate since 2013. In the Northeast, the region with the fewest executions, the murder rate declined 5.7%, from 3.5 to 3.3 per 100,000 population. The murder rate was 1.7 times higher in the South, […]